The T20 World cup is just a couple of weeks away and the IPL in its final week. I was wondering what the make up of the Indian team would have been if the team was named today rather than before the IPL had started. It also seemed like a fun thing to do 🙂
Before I get down to the actual names, let me state that I thought picking 6 batsmen, 3 all rounders and 6 bowlers, would strike the right balance.
The first person, I would put on the list is SR Tendulkar. Who said that T20 is a young man’s game.- the top three scorers in IPL this year are Tendulkar, Kallis and Ganguly. Tendulkar who tops the list has scored 561 runs @ 51 runs a game with a strike rate of 136.16. Unfortunately, SRT has retired from international T20 and we have to respect that, so instead of SRT I decided to put down the captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the first name on the list. In spite of his failures in IPL this year, his effort against Punjab in the last league alone is reason enough for selection.
The next three names I would put on the paper based on form and performance are Vijay, Raina and Rohit Sharma. The find of this IPL, IMO has been Vijay. Who would have thought that someone labelled a “test” player could hit the ball like the way he did.
Moving on to the bowlers, the spinners did a really good job in IPL this year – Pragyan Ojha has been the top wicket taker (20 wickets), Mishra has had a good economy rate (6.84) as well as a good wicket haul (17 wickets), and Harbhajan Singh has been good too. The find for the season, though has been Ashwin. After a mediocre start and being dropped, he has come back strongly with these figures in his last five games: Punjab : 1/20, Delhi: 1/24, Kolkata: 3/16, Deccan: 2/13 and Mumbai: 2/22. So, the three spinners I would pick are Mishra, Harbhajan Singh and R Ashwin. (BTW – if Kumble was still playing international cricket, he would have been in contention too after a fantastic performance this year – who says the veterans can’t play T20 🙂 )
So far, I’ve picked 3 batsmen, 3 bowlers and 1 all rounder (I’ve considered Dhoni as an all rounder). To complete the list of batsmen I narrowed down my list to NV Ojha, SS Tiwary, Uthappa, Sehwag, Kohli, Yusuf Pathan and Gambhir. With Sehwag injured – I went with Gambhir, Uthappa and Kohli for the 3 remaining slots mainly because of the experience they bring in to the team. Uthappa could also be the spare wicket keeper. And yes, this means I have dropped Dinesh Karthik and Yuvraj Singh from the team.
I also picked Yusuf Pathan for the all rounder spot.
For the fast bowlers, Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra were my first picks. For the next slot I was tossing between the two Kumars from Royal Challengers – Praveen and Vinay – I eventually ended up picking Praveen Kumar.
The last spot (that of the all rounder) went to Ravindra Jadeja (who didn’t play IPL this season)
So my team looks something like this –
- Rohit Sharma
- MS Dhoni
- Y. Pathan/Jadeja
- Harbhajan Singh
- Zaheer Khan
- Nehra/P. Kumar
- P Ojha/Ashwin
Tell me what your squad would look like 🙂